Back in 2011 we sold
410 in the Indies.
The buyer's surveyor
flew into St. Lucia from Grenada
, not far from T&T. His name was Neil Batcheler from Flyingfish Ventures | Caribbean Marine Surveying
He spent the most of two consecutive days on the boat with a very long checklist: percussion testing & moisture readings every 5" of the hull
, looking for strucutural issues at the bridgedeck / hull
connections and bulkheads, testing every little piece of hardware
, checking engines, sea trial, etc.
There was nothing major to be found but he picked up all little issues I was aware of and a couple more that were new to me after living aboard
for a year.
report was 30 pages with some photos and I think the buyer received a ton of additional photos.
I don't know how much multi experience he has but cats have a larger market share in the Indies so he should have seen a few of them.
Overall I think he deserves a recommendation and I would use him if I were to buy / sell a cat somewhere in the west indies.
The only thing I disliked was the way he approached the "fair market value": He simply asked me if we had an agreed price
and added a 15% so the buyer would feel comfortable.
As you already heard: the market there is small, and all serious surveyors and brokers know each other.
That should not be a real issue, as long as you don't use one that has been "recommended" by the broker.